Sewing with family by Zoom

Quilt Canada was Cancelled

My sister (from Alberta), 2 cousins (from different areas of Ontario) and myself (from British Columbia) had planned to go together.   We were going to stay at my sister’s home in Edmonton.  Two days were planned for the show and classes (and shopping).  On the 3rd day, we planned to make the Retreat Bag from Emmeline bags as a project to work on together. Of course, with Covid – our plans changed.

About 1½ weeks ago, my sister set up an all day Zoom meeting for us all as we made the bag.  We had all gathered the supplies prior to the day.  It was a TON of fun!!!  It was great to visit with each other … sharing our love for fabric and the creations we were making!

Here’s Connie’s … made for when she goes on a real quilting retreat!


And Terry … The speed demon, made 2, yes TWO bags during our Zoom time … she made both the small and the large bag!



My sister, Lynn, made one bag during our time and the other right afterwards … both were kits from Emmeline bags …



My bag was made from Shweshwe fabric that I bought last September when in Africa.



Obviously, we’re all quite different in our fabric choices, but we all agreed that it was fun to do and plan to have another Zoom quilting day in the future.

Cleaning and Tidying

My daughter came in the sewing room (studio) the other day and said, “Mom, have you cleaned up or something? It looks so much better!”  That made me smile and determined to keep this up!  Plus, it is actually easier to work when I don’t have to move something!

Design Wall


Summer Solstice: These pieces are now sewn together … ready for the set-in seams … do you think that might be why I’m procrastinating???  Oh, yes, I KNOW that’s why …


Nothing being quilted right now!

Stash Report

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No shopping.  The zipper pouches that I made (you can see them HERE) were all made with Island Batik fabric, which I don’t count.  However, I did use about ½ yard of Shweshwe for the Retreat Bag, and ½ yard for the lining.

  • Fabric Used this week      1 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        191.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    171.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – May:  151 / 152
  • 30 min days/  June:  28 / 28
  • Total days in 2020: 179/ 180
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Work on UFO, Summer Solstice     √   done 
  2. Finish watching a video on how to digitize an In the Hoop Zipper Pouch.  √   done 
  3. Make a Zipper pouch from my own digitized design.  √   done 
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done   

This week’s list:

  1. Work on  Summer Solstice:  get the top DONE
  2.  Quilt a baby quilt to practice some free motion feathers that I want to do when I’m ready to quilt Summer Solstice.
  3. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.

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I did start # 27 in Starts in 2020 and I finished it.  I will show you in a future post!

No UFOs are finished …

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A great Laugh!

XIrc3ExcQ4qWhltQLymotQ_thumb_3883Tish, from “Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland” featured this quilt (see it HERE) … then she went to say that she enjoys visiting my blog because, and I quote: “I love visiting Gail’s blog because she really is one of the most organized quilters in knowing what status her projects are in.  Seeing her lists always reminds me to check mine. ”   OH Tish!!!   The only reason I have lists is that I NEED to decrease my UFO list and NOT make any more!!!  As for organization … well that is totally not very true! But, thank you for the high compliment!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  


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23 thoughts on “Sewing with family by Zoom

  1. A zoom sit and sew. A light bulb just went on here! Trust a global epidemic to throw up solutions to the isolation many were already facing for various reasons. My daughter has been able to access better music lessons thanks to teachers going online thanks to covid. Quilting is no harder to share than that! Lovely to see how much fun you salvaged from your disappointing situation too. Thanks for linking to the Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration party. 🙂

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    • Hi Dione!
      I know how hard it is to access things when you live away from big cities! I’m glad that your daughter is able to have better music lessons! The Internet has provided many advantages for so many people … when it works!
      Thanks for hosting Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration!


  2. What a fun family day! Love all your bags. I don’t think anyone has ever walked into my sewing space and asked if I’ve cleaned up–even when I have! It just always feel cluttered.

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  3. You all made such great bags and doing it while on Zoom with family just makes them all that much sweeter. I really like your Lonestar project. When I did mine I used a pattern that had you adding triangles to the diamonds instead of doing inset seams! It made it a much less stressful project. 😉

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    • Hi Carol, adding triangles to the diamonds would make it easier … but this is a Judy Niemeyer pattern … with other parts to go in where the triangles would go …
      It will get done … soon, I hope!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  4. Your Zoom sewing party sounds like a wonderful idea, and all of the bags look great. I especially love the music themed fabric and your Shweshwe bag. Just gorgeous! Also excited to see that beautiful diamond star, especially since I’ll be tackling some strip pieced 6 pointed diamond stars soon with an impulse buy kit that I bought from Moda… I have always admired the Star of Bethlehem, Lone Star, etc. but haven’t felt up to attempting them myself, so I hope I don’t chicken out on this kit! If you have any tips or tricks I should know about for making this kind of star, please share them!

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    • Hi Rebecca,
      This quilt is all paper pieced … so I don’t have any tips for you. I’ve never made a lone star that isn’t paper pieced … maybe I should add that to my bucket list!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  5. Hi Gail! I love this idea of quilting via Zoom. How fun that must have been – sewing and chatting together almost like being together. Not quite as much fun as roaming around when you want to take a break but close. Thanks in advance for linking up – I sure do appreciate it. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne,
      It was fun! And I get the “roaming” when you want a break – but with only 4 of us, it was easy to see what we were all working on!
      Thanks for hosting “To Do”
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  6. It’s always fun to see how fabric choice changes a project. Every one of the bags turned out beautifully and even better you got to visit with family. Congrats on all the stash busting, stitching time and progress on the PHD report. You have an awesome sewing year going on.

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  7. That was actually the first time I have ever had the opportunity to sew with other people. It was sew great to be able to share questions, tips, comments as they popped into my head.
    I’m looking forward to the next virtual retreat!

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    • Hi Terry!
      Now you understand why I love sewing with others and going to retreats! So much sharing happens!
      I hope our next virtual retreat happens soon!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  8. I tried to get my friends interested in a zoom get together but most of them aren’t technically orientated so I couldn’t rouse any enthusiasm. Those bags look fantastic.

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    • Hi Amanda,
      Thanks, I enjoyed making the bags.
      Yes, getting folks together can be a challenge … especially if you’re limited to the 45 minute time limit!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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